food drive

Mail carriers will pick up donations left in or below residents' mailboxes Saturday as a part of a food drive.

The Alexander City Post Office is collecting nonperishable food from residents Saturday as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers food drive.

Alexander City postmaster Rachael Norris said residents can leave food in their mailboxes or below them with a note in the box mentioning it. Norris said mail carriers will pick up the food on their routes.

Norris said the donations will go to the Tallapoosa Christian Crisis Center and the Salvation Army.

“One of our carriers helps coordinate our office and she had mentioned last year that the crisis center and the Salvation Army said they needed more items like flour,” Norris said. “They didn’t get a whole lot of that last year, so anything, flour, pasta, any canned goods, peanut butter (will help).”

Norris said residents can also drop off food at the post office and should if they are donating a heavy bag.

 “We do ask that people please do not put out glass containers because a lot of the time they may break,” Norris said. “If at all possible no glass containers.”

Norris said the post office collected about 10,000 pounds of food last year and wants to collect more than 10,000 pounds this year.

“That’s a lot of food to be able to distribute among those community members who are in need,” Norris said. “Sometimes (the carriers) do have to come and unload (their vehicles) and go back out, and we are encouraging everyone to participate this year even if it’s just a few canned goods. Every little bit helps.”